Thursday, March 25, 2010

Butternut squash ravioli and pierogies - not in the same meal I hope.

So, I promised I would post my amazing (incredibly easy) meal from the other night. Butternut squash ravioli with a home made tomato sauce.
well, I am no chef...and I didn't have hours of life to make pasta from scratch (which I really want to do) so I bought the butternut squash stuffed ravioli from a local health food store.

For the sauce, I just used what I had at home...
1 package grape tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped red onion
3 cloves garlic
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp basil
salt and pepper

In a blender add 2 cups halved grape tomatoes, 2 sliced garlic cloves, dash of olive oil and blend til mildly chunky sauce. In a frying pan add another minced garlic clove and 1/2 cup of chopped onion, a few halved grape tomatoes and fry with a splash of olive oil and vinegar. Then add the sauce and basil. salt and pepper to taste!

Since the pasta was on the sweeter side I wanted to make sure the sauce wasn't too sweet. I thought this was the perfect combination!

The next evening...
VEGAN PIEROGIES! (with vegan sour cream of course!) And you thought it couldn't be done!


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup warm water
2 tablespoons warm water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt

6-8 small red potatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
soy milk
vegan butter
salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized mixing bowl, and knead until smooth (it will still be kind of sticky).
Let the dough rest in the bowl (covered with a towel) for 30 minutes.
Separate the dough into 2 parts.
Roll one half of the dough until about 1/8" thick.
Cut circles with a cookie cutter or whatever you have that circular!

Filling: (if you know how to make mashed don't need this)
skin potatoes and half them
boil until soft
drain and mash with a potato masher
add soy milk and vegan butter and whip til smooth
in a separate frying pan, add garlic and onion and fry up in olive oil
add to potatoes
add salt and pepper to taste
vegan Sour Cream

Add filling (depending on how big your circles are. Don't put too much, or they will be hard to close.
Fold the circles in half over the filling, and pinch closed. You can also press the edges with a fork to make sure they are sealed really well.
Roll out the other half of the dough, and cut, fill, and seal.
To cook, (do them in batches small enough to fit in your frying pan), boil them for a few minutes,just until they float, and then fry in oil, until brown on either side.

Topped with tofutti sour cream and accompanied by some fresh steamed kale.
This is delicious, even if you're not vegan!

My pup begging with his eyes closed and head on my knee...gets me every time..

I realize neither of these recipes have avocado in them...I just couldn't fit it in anywhere. Next time..

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Panama, Stetson, boater, bonnet, bowler, bucket, chapeau, fedora..

This photo is an old Joan Baez poster with her sisters. I love it. Everything about it. Especially Joan Baez.

You know those "some days" that you can sit and look at beautiful things for hours on end and never get bored? Im having one of those days. Today, I planned on posting this AMAZING meal I had last night. Which I will do...eventually.

Right now, I have pretty girls, vintage hats, french movies and lacy things in my head. How do you stop this from happening?

I've been re watching Pierrot le fou, directed by Jean-Luc Godard. I love every outfit both of them wear, especially Anna Karina. What a great movie. Next on my list is Une femme est une femme.
I must do an entire post on Anna Karina. I could post about a million photos of this beautiful creature.

"Life is very sad, but always beautiful." - Ferdinand, Pierrot le fou

This ChloƩ dress is wonderful. Enormously delicate, without looking uncomfortably pretty. As ChloƩ usually does. Think about it with a big floppy hat, right?

For the rest of the afternoon I will be laying on a french beach with Anna Karina in floppy hats, hiding from the police, of course.

Monday, March 22, 2010


What is the point of having a blog if not to gush over the things/people you love? Well, this is a bit of both. I have been living, cooking, vacationing, rope swinging, laughing, crying and just plain hanging with these people for the last 5 years of my life. Greensboro is a weird place and when outsiders look in, they wonder what on earth a group of talented kids do here. Well, we center ourselves around our friends and having fun. To some, its others, its art, food, bikes, skateboards, crafts or whatever. This particular post is about Braveyoung. Regardless of what music you are into, there is no denying this group is talented. They pour themselves into every second of their music. And what comes out?

Braveyoung - Sun from Stew Cantrell on Vimeo.

I feel incredibly lucky to know these people. Not because of any rock star status but because they are the funniest, most kindhearted and brightest people I know.

So, if you want to hear wonderful sounds in your ears coming from people that truly deserve it..find this album, or go to a show. It will not disappoint.

"There were frogs there all right, thousands of them. Their voices beat the night, they boomed and barked and croaked and rattled. They sang to the stars, to the waning moon, to the waving grasses. They bellowed love songs and challenges."
- John Steinbeck

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

READ: Bell Hooks

I feel like I've been absent from my own life lately, let alone from this blog. I have had a million little things running through my brain but cant seem to catch them to put them on paper.
I recently went to NYC to visit some friends and despite the cold (cold cold cold), managed to have a wonderful time. I stepped off the bus in china town at 11am cursing the bus, the smell of piss permeating from the bus, and the whole city in general. But after finding our way through frozen, hurried people and lots of wrong turns to the efterklang show that night, I was enchanted. A friend took us to Foodswings on Grand St, Brooklyn.(if you haven't gone, GO!) Its a vegan "fast food" joint with all the goods..wings, fries, milkshakes, burgers...I had the "chicken parm" sandwich. I could barely roll myself out.

The days to follow were quite pleasant as well...hairdos, duck ponds, boyfriends, and best friends. On our last night we met up with a friend for his birthday at a place called Counter on 1st Ave, a vegan/vegetarian restaurant and although it was very expensive and we were broke by that point, it was totally worth it. The best food I've ever put into my mouth. I ordered the applewood smoked tomato and tofu ravioli.
MoMA didn't disappoint either. Tim Burton was great and showcased all of his movies that I loved growing up. I reminisced, of course. Also, I was unaware of the William Kentridge exhibit going on there as well and it was the highlight of my trip. I felt like I floated through all the different rooms full to the brim of paintings and sketches and videos and installations. Thank you free first fridays at MoMA. Thank you, New York.

These are two of my favorites. William Kentridge.

And a bundled up me, playing amongst duckies.

"I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance."
Bell Hooks